Orange is The New Black: A Letter to Piper and Review

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How OITNB Memoir Changed Me

You’ve all probably heard of the hit Netflix series Orange Is The New Black, but, did you know its based on a true story?

The original story is written by Piper Kerman, who went to a woman’s prison for a year. Piper, of course, went to jail on a drug crime. Unlike the show she hates her ally in crime “Alex” or in real life Nora, for what she did to her and Larry wasn’t a d***. There are a lot of the same details, though, like Red, or in the book Pop, you defiantly grew attached to her and gained a lot of respect for that Russian women. Pensatucky is there too, and Crazy Eyes. I won’t spoil it though because I want you guys to read it.

Anyways, the book is moving. I had my mind set that people in prison deserved to be there and should rot away. After reading the book I understood that they had a life story and they just made mistakes. I felt horrible for these women because the prison system is jacked up. I cried, I laughed, and I wished I could do something for them.

This book not only changed my view on the women’s prison, it changed my life. I now want to learn more about prisons to help people and see what I can do, I want to change them. I want something better to be done. Don’t get me wrong, I think rapists and murder’s are in there for a reason and a good reason but petty drug crimes and addicts are a different story.

Here is the letter:


Dear Piper Kerman,

You are a brave women for sharing your story with others, and a brave human-being for enduring so much. What the system did to is unjust even if you did break the law, the system is corrupt and not right. I cried when you got sent to the Chicago MCC and wasn’t able to go back to Danbury, that place was horrid. I cried when you got released, I cried many times.

The system needs to be changed and I would like to help with that, either by writing or making a difference somehow or recommending your book.

For Pop: I wish her as many years as freedom she can get, this women deserves it for taking so many girls under her wing and making her stay to help others. I wish her the best in the world.

For the others: I wish you all the best. No matter who you are, you deserve it. XX

Also, if there’s anything you need (especially books ;)) let me know, I follow your wish list! And if you know anyone behind bars who needs help, let me know and I’ll write them and try to send books when I have money!

Wishing you the best,
Jenna VanHoof XX


Here is the link to buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Orange-New-Black-Womens-Prison/dp/0385523394/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1485588989&sr=8-1&keywords=orange+is+the+new+black+book

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with Amazon, I am just recommending the book for others.

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